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The Festival of Eid marking the end of Ramadan will be celebrated by Gravesend

PUBLISHED: 16:54 15 June 2017

The month is also used as a time of prayer

The month is also used as a time of prayer

Lenar Musin

Kent Equality Cohesion Council and the Gravesham and Dartford Muslim Association have come together to organise the event

Gravesham council are throwing a celebration to mark the end of Ramadan, on July 1.

The Festival of Eid will be a community party presented by a conjunction of Kent Equality Cohesion Council and the Gravesham and Dartford Muslim Association, taking place in Gravesend’s Community Square from 2pm until 4.30pm.

Eid marks the breaking of the feast, and ultimately the end of Ramadan - a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic faith.

Fasting is obligatory for adult Muslims, except those who are suffering from an illness, travelling, are elderly, pregnant, diabetic, or chronically ill.

The celebration will focus around promoting a better understanding of Islam and will include activities for families and the sharing of free food.

Cabinet member for Community Development, councillor Gurjit Bains, said: “We hope communities of all faiths will come out and join this celebration.

“We have a very diverse community here in Gravesham and cohesion and inclusion is at the heart of everything we do. Events like the Eid celebration will help to further build upon the positive links the borough has with our vibrant communities.”

Gurvinder Sandher, from the Kent Equality Cohesion Council, added: “I am proud to be involved in organising a number of events in the borough. All of these events at their core are about providing opportunities for communities to come together and celebrate all that unites us as citizens of the borough and the country.

“The Eid celebrations are no exception and in light of the recent terrorist atrocities I think it is more important than ever for all communities to stand together and be united and say that these attacks will not affect our way of life and the positive community relations that exist in Gravesham. “We have a good fun day planned and there will be donations of free food and drink for all those who attend regardless of faith, so I would urge as many people as possible to come and join us on Community Square.”

For more information about the event visit gravesham.gov.uk

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